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Treasures of the Archives: May Arkwright Hutton and the Women’s Suffrage Movement

May Arkwright Hutton, Photographs, Spokane City Historic Preservation Office, 1878-1979, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

May Arkwright Hutton, Photographs, Spokane City Historic Preservation Office, 1878-1979, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

Born in 1862, May Arkwright was orphaned at a young age. Raised by her paternal grandfather, Arkwright was exposed to politics early on, attending many political rallies with her grandfather. In 1883 she moved to the Silver Valley of Idaho, where she set up a boarding house and quickly gained a reputation for her cooking. In 1887, she married Levi Hutton and the two moved to Wallace, ID and invested in a local mine. The couple was known for their politics, focusing on labor rights and women’s suffrage.

Treasures of the Archives: Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1889

Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1854-2009, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives.

Gov. Elisha P. Ferry’s Oath of Office, Oaths of Office Series, 1854-2009, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov.

With another election year come and gone, it is good to reflect on the men and women who have taken up the reins of office in our state’s history. Elisha P. Ferry was sworn in on November 18th 1889 as the first Governor of the brand-new state of Washington, and above is his hand-written oath of office. A careful eye may notice subtle differences between the official constitutional oath of office and the one written by Ferry.

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